space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* From our readers
space
space
Sports Shorts
* UPIR Fall Classic Wraps Season, Crowns 2014 Champions
* Coleman, Peshtigo In Five-Game Thriller; Crivitz Over Wausaukee, Lena at Home
* Area Runners Place Well In Shawano
* Another Winning Week For Area Teams
* Busy Week For M-O Volleyball As Rangers, Bulldogs And Badgers Win

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

County To Get Drug Court, TAD Grants

Marinette County’s Criminal Justice Committee received two pieces of good news at their monthly meeting on Friday morning, Jan. 17. First was that they will be receiving at least a portion of the grant they sought from the state Office of Justice Assistance to help combat the area’s growing opiate problem by establishing a Drug Court and Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program. Second was that the county also has been selected to receive money from the National Drug Court system for training in connection with Drug Court and alternative programs.

Health and Human Services Director Robin Elsner, who will head the TAD program, reported that 38 counties had applied for TAD and Drug Court funding, and Marinette County was one of just 13 counties whose applications were successful. He said they will not be getting as much as requested, and the program budgets will have to be revised. County Administrator Ellen Sorensen said the exact grant amount is to be announced in a press release from the Attorney General’s office on Tuesday, Jan. 28, date of the next County Board meeting.

Judge James Morrison said the people in charge will meet with the Criminal Justice Committee on Friday, Jan. 24 to discuss ways to get the most benefit possible from the money allocated.

Morrison also reported he had applied separately for Drug Court training funds from the National Drug Court system, and was one of eight chosen for funding from a field of 65 applicants. He suggested that money can help cover expenses not included in the state grant.

The National Drug Court will send trainers here on April 8, 9 and 10 to work with the Marinette County planning team for three full days, “developing the nuts and bolts of our drug court.” This training, Morrison said, will be entirely at the expense of the federal government, and will replace the training dollars that had been in the state grant application. Morrison and District Attorney Allen Brey will attend the state convention but because of the local training will not need to attend the national convention.

Morrison, Brey and Public Defender Bradley Schraven and members of the drug treatment and law enforcement teams, including Elsner and his top aide Rob Valentine and Sheriff Jerry Sauve or a designee, should participate in the training.

“We want to be sure that everyone who has a dog in this fight is involved, to be sure we use the resources we have as effectively as we can,” Morrison declared.

Clerk of Courts Linda Dumke Marquardt wondered what involvement would be required from her office. Morrison said the Drug Court has two parts, pre-conviction and post conviction. He said as they see the program, there should be no extra work for her office. Elsner said the TAD coordinator will hire a person to monitor compliance with the Drug Court rulings. Marquardt asked who would be responsible for providing copies of rulings, etc., and Elsner said that would need to be worked out. Morrison suggested Dumke-Marquardt should attend the Jan. 24 meeting, as well as the training sessions in April.

As to payments from defendants for tests and court expenses, Elsner thought that money would go back to the TAD program, but again Morrison said Dumke-Marquardt should be there. State Rep. John Nygren is also planning to attend, Morrison said.

Meanwhile, Morrison said there are more than a dozen successfully functioning drug courts in Wisconsin, so there is no need to reinvent the wheel. He added the meeting on Jan. 24 is just to be sure they get the most benefit possible from the money allocated.

Sauve said at a Sheriff’s Association meeting the previous day there was discussion on just how popular the TAD and Drug Court programs are with the legislature right now.

“We’re building a new system, which will mean a change of agendas and the role of this committee,” Sorensen said.

Morrison said the most successful places established a criminal justice committee to handle it, “so we’re a step ahead.” He felt everyone on the Criminal Justice Committee should be involved in the TAD and Drug Court oversight committee. “We’ll have a lot to do in the next few months to make this work,” Morrison declared. He suggested they might meet more frequently, or have longer meetings.

Sorensen wondered how much longer they could meet. since the Personnel Committee schedules 9:30 a.m. meetings in the same room on the same day of the month.

Bryan Peth felt they could meet somewhere else,”if the Personnel Committee trumps this group.”

Morrison said he, Brey and Dumke-Marquardt would find it hard to attend meetings that last longer than 8:30 or 9 a.m., since the courts generally start at 8:30 a.m.

“Maybe we need a different committee with many of the people here on it,” Brey suggested. He felt they might need to meet once a week, at least for a while.

Morrison said once the program is up and running they will need a committee for ongoing supervision.

Jail Administrator Bob Majewski reported currently nine jail inmates are out on the “bracelet” monitoring system, but the jail population keeps going up. The average daily head count was over 131 in 2013, up from 55.87 in 2004.

Sauve commented the Criminal Justice Committee got started because of an overcrowding crisis at the jail.

“My staff is asking how we’re going to handle it when the jail population exceeds 150,” Majewski declared.

Elsner said the Drug Court will help.

Majewski noted the current jail inmate census includes 15 are being held pre-sentence on drug charges, four have mandatory jail time for DWI, many of those serving time for burglaries were drawn into it due to drug use, a dozen of the inmates were sentenced for drug related charges, and another 10 are OWI related.

Elsner said they have been talking with the state about a Suboxone Clinic, and seek to get personnel certified to manage it. “We don’t support methadone. We don’t want people on long term maintenance, we want to develop Seboxone treatment and get people off it and back to being productive members of society. We don’t want people coming here to get drugs!” Elsner declared. He told of some 30 Marinette people who have been going to Green Bay regularly for years to get Methadone, and they never do become productive citizens.

Elsner said Dr. Powers will get training on Suboxone treatment. There are also drugs that negate the effects of opiates, so people who take them do not get the effect they seek, but with them comes the danger of overdose because they keep trying.

State Correction/Supervision Officer Bobbie Christopherson said her office is starting some programs that the county can buy into, including a Day Reporting Center that they hope to have up and running by April. Their reporting will only be for post-conviction offenders, but perhaps the county could get its own contract with the same provider.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
09-17-2014Sports
UPIR Fall Classic Wraps Season, Crowns 2014 Champions

09-17-2014Sports
Coleman, Peshtigo In Five-Game Thriller; Crivitz Over Wausaukee, Lena at Home

09-17-2014Sports
Area Runners Place Well In Shawano

09-17-2014Sports
Another Winning Week For Area Teams

09-17-2014Perspectives
From our readers

09-17-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

09-17-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-17-2014Obituaries
Roberta L. Shelby

09-17-2014Obituaries
Eleanor E. Robinette

09-17-2014Obituaries
Roger E. Pillsbury

09-17-2014Obituaries
Otis E. Goltz

09-17-2014Obituaries
Barb Christensen

09-17-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Baumann

09-17-2014Obituaries
Betty L. Woller

09-17-2014Obituaries
Joyce Wieck

09-17-2014Obituaries
Patricia J. (White) Utley

09-17-2014Obituaries
Mary L. Swanson

09-17-2014Obituaries
Robert T. Sandahl

09-17-2014Obituaries
Monica M. Rymer

09-17-2014Obituaries
Donald L. Noack

09-17-2014Obituaries
Marie T. Naffzinger

09-17-2014Obituaries
Michael G. Motsinger

09-17-2014Obituaries
Eleanor R. Mikula

09-17-2014Obituaries
George J. Medley

09-17-2014Obituaries
Calvin W. Krueger

09-17-2014Obituaries
Virginia Eggen

09-17-2014Obituaries
Richard S. Bozile

09-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Acts On Pier, Mobile Home Violation

09-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Women Oct. 18 Fall Supper

09-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Legion Post 66 Chili Fest Sept. 27

09-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Board Receives Public Input, Timber Check

09-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Legion Gun, Knife Show on Sept. 27

09-17-2014Community - Crivitz
19 at Even Monday Cards

09-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Wolverines Sept. 26 Tailgate Party

09-17-2014Community - Crivitz
KC Dinner For Special Friends

09-17-2014Community - Coleman
North Country Kickers Fall Dance on Sept. 27

09-17-2014Community - Coleman
KC Punt, Pass Kick is Sept. 2

09-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Students Return from Educational Trip to Greece, Italy

09-17-2014Community - Coleman
Free Horseshow at Equity Park Sept. 21

09-17-2014News
Balthazor Benefit at Lee’s Foods

09-17-2014News
Grover Porterfield FD Open House is Sept. 20

09-17-2014News
Coleman Legion Flag Disposal Ceremony Sept. 27

09-17-2014News
VA to Hold POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 19

09-17-2014Front Page
New Platform for Old Depot, List Oct. Events

09-17-2014Front Page
Peshtigo School To Buy Industrial Park Land

09-17-2014Front Page
Peshtigo Fire, Crime Stoppers In Challenge

09-17-2014Front Page
County Health and Human Services Still Needs $443,000 From Reserves

09-17-2014Front Page
Vote 3 to 2 To Rescind Airport Security Policy

09-10-2014Sports
Busy Week For M-O Volleyball As Rangers, Bulldogs And Badgers Win

09-10-2014Sports
Second Place Finish For Demeney Racing In TORC Super Stock

09-10-2014Sports
Youth Football Kicks Off In Area

09-10-2014Sports
Peshtigo Into Win Column, Coleman Rolls

09-10-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

09-10-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-10-2014Obituaries
Helen M. Wilmot

09-10-2014Obituaries
Bernice B. Vorpahl

09-10-2014Obituaries
Donald M. Umentum

09-10-2014Obituaries
Judith E. Siegrist

09-10-2014Obituaries
Bernice Shallow-Goetz

09-10-2014Obituaries
Doris M. Paulson

09-10-2014Obituaries
Wayne Paulsen

09-10-2014Obituaries
George J. Medley

09-10-2014Obituaries
Lorraine P. McCabe-Ganey

09-10-2014Obituaries
Grace A. Marcouiller

09-10-2014Obituaries
William C. Johnston Sr.

09-10-2014Obituaries
Raymond F. Hornick

09-10-2014Obituaries
Donald A. Hockers

09-10-2014Obituaries
Patricia A. Giese

09-10-2014Obituaries
Mary Jane Deterville

09-10-2014Obituaries
Jeff Coopman

09-10-2014Obituaries
Paul Rodney Wilson

09-10-2014Obituaries
Ruth Weeks

09-10-2014Obituaries
Donald J. Shampo

09-10-2014Obituaries
Frances Polzer

09-10-2014Obituaries
Carol M. Norman

09-10-2014Obituaries
Mary E. McDonald Ryan

09-10-2014Obituaries
Daniel R. Madsen

09-10-2014Obituaries
Walter Leitzke

09-10-2014Obituaries
Della M. Kamin

09-10-2014Obituaries
Gerald J. Gebhard

09-10-2014Obituaries
Ronald Fischer, Sr.

09-10-2014Obituaries
Carl “Coz” Franzen

09-10-2014Obituaries
Isabelle J. Des Jarlais

09-10-2014Obituaries
Pearl Charbonneau

09-10-2014Obituaries
Joyce B. Brumlic

09-10-2014Obituaries
Dorothy E. Brostowitz

09-10-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Beauchamp

09-10-2014Obituaries
Phyllis M. Anderson

09-10-2014Obituaries
Peggy Barrows

09-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff F/R Election Oct. 13

09-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Approves Stop Sign, Get Dump Update

09-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Leonard Doering Takes Old Glory Honor Flight

09-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Hoover’s Sponsors Ranger BB Event

09-10-2014News
Grover Porterfield FD Open House is Sept. 20

09-10-2014News
Benefit Golf Scramble at DeSmidt’s Sept. 20

09-10-2014News
Basic Pistol Course at Squad Building

09-10-2014News
Church Raises $400 in Brat Fry

09-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Friends of Camp Bird Meet Sept. 24

09-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Shaffers Donate Food Despite Loss

09-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Seeks Rate Increase

09-10-2014Community - Crivitz
MI To Discuss Golf Carts on Roads

09-10-2014Community - Coleman
Reservations Due for 1954 Class

09-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Flag Disposal

09-10-2014Community - Coleman
Plans Continue for Dollar Store in Coleman

09-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School Annual, Regular Meetings Sept. 15

09-10-2014Front Page
Famous Shaffer Park Supper Club Destroyed By Fire

09-10-2014Front Page
“Diggers” Film Artifacts of Early Peshtigo Oct. 5 Week

09-10-2014Front Page
Equity Co-Op To Mark 100th Anniversary Sept. 13

09-10-2014Front Page
Marinette Courthouse Sustains Extensive Water Damage from Rain

09-10-2014Front Page
Law Enforcement Committee To Air DA Request For Help

09-03-2014Sports
Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet In Crivitz

09-03-2014Sports
Menominee Trap League Final Week

09-03-2014Sports
Want To Try Hunting? Local Hunting Events Are The Way To Go

09-03-2014Sports
Bulldogs Downed By Bears

09-03-2014Perspectives
From our readers

09-03-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

09-03-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-03-2014Obituaries
Dorothy J. Van Straten

09-03-2014Obituaries
Richard L. Tessier

09-03-2014Obituaries
Matthew G. Strojny

09-03-2014Obituaries
Don J. Schroeder

09-03-2014Obituaries
Julie M. Peters

09-03-2014Obituaries
Doris M. Paulson

09-03-2014Obituaries
Elaine H. Maahs

09-03-2014Obituaries
Maurice A. Johnson

09-03-2014Obituaries
Jerome E. Hassenfeldt

09-03-2014Obituaries
Elmer Guseck

09-03-2014Obituaries
Doris S. Griger

09-03-2014Obituaries
Dorothy (Godin) Ellis

09-03-2014Obituaries
Louise Ann (Beno) Echols

09-03-2014Obituaries
Margaret Katherine (Langer) Christensen

09-03-2014Obituaries
Helen M. (Horn) Bogsted

09-03-2014Obituaries
Anne Bereza

09-03-2014Obituaries
Peggy Barrows

09-03-2014Obituaries
Warner Bachar

09-03-2014Obituaries
Phyllis M. Anderson

09-03-2014Obituaries
Marion D. Wagner

09-03-2014Obituaries
Joyce C. Shepro

09-03-2014Obituaries
Virgina Mary (Berger) Schetter

09-03-2014Obituaries
Gregory A. Sachs

09-03-2014Obituaries
Robert H. Pecotte

09-03-2014Obituaries
Philip H. Nelmark

09-03-2014Obituaries
William G. “Bill” Larson

09-03-2014Obituaries
Patricia Ann (Martini) Heck

09-03-2014Obituaries
Marietta Jean Florance

09-03-2014Obituaries
Stephen M. Feigerle

09-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Seek Crafters, Vendors for Wausaukee Festiva

09-03-2014News
Breakfast With Veterans Sept. 11

09-03-2014News
Basic Pistol Course at Squad Building

09-03-2014News
Gillett Church Polka Mass, Fall Fest


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should America do more to stop the spread of ISIS?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites